Toms River Regional Schools

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Toms River Regional Schools
1144 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent David M. Healy
Business administrator William J. Doering
Schools 18
Students and staff
Enrollment 16,981 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 1,166.8 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 14.55:1
Other information
District Factor Group DE
Website http://www.trschools.com/
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $14,549 2 $18,891 -23.0%
1 Budgetary Cost 11,626 5 14,783 -21.4%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,120 4 8,763 -18.7%
6 Support Services 1,479 7 2,392 -38.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,051 3 1,485 -29.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,354 19 1,783 -24.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 335 87 268 25.0%
16 Median Teacher Salary 58,000 16 64,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=103

Toms River Regional Schools is a comprehensive regional public school district primarily located in the quickly growing coastal community of Toms River, located in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, along the state's Jersey Shore. The district includes Toms River Township and the adjoining boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River.[3] It is the largest suburban school district in the state, and the fourth largest school district in New Jersey (after Newark, Jersey City and Paterson).[4] It is also the largest school district in the state that is not an Abbott District.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 18 schools had an enrollment of 16,981 students and 1,166.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.55:1.[1]

The district has three high schools -- Toms River High School South, Toms River High School North, and Toms River High School East—as well as three middle schools—Toms River Intermediate School East, Toms River Intermediate School North (formerly Intermediate West), and Toms River Intermediate School South. With the opening of Intermediate South in 2005, all sixth grade classes were shifted from the district's 12 elementary schools to the three middle schools in order to alleviate overcrowding. Also at that time, Intermediate West was renamed Intermediate North. Intermediate East and Intermediate North are currently the two most populous middle schools in New Jersey.

To raise money for the schools, the district created Toms River Fest, a major festival held during the summer in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • The Toms River Regional School District ranked first in Ocean County and second in the state for the lowest per pupil cost for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, according to the New Jersey Department of Education's Comparative Spending Guide.
  • For the 2005-06 school year, the district was recognized with the "Best Practices Award" by the New Jersey Department of Education for its "Career Day" Career Education program at East Dover Elementary School.[6]
  • For the 1993-94 school year, Toms River Alternate School - High School South was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[7]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[8]) are:[9][10]

Elementary schools (grades K-5)
  • Beachwood Elementary School[11] (591 students)
    • Kelly Josberger, principal
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School[12] (883)
    • Jeffrey Ryan, principal
  • Joseph A. Citta Elementary School[13] (672)
    • Gregory Guito, principal
  • East Dover Elementary School[14] (757)
    • Matthew Gray, principal
  • Hooper Avenue Elementary School[15] (756)
    • Michael Citta, principal
  • North Dover Elementary School[16] (648)
    • Colleen McGrath, principal
  • Pine Beach Elementary School[17] (440)
    • Tricia Moran-Tutzauer, principal
  • Silver Bay Elementary School[18] (661)
    • Michael DeVita, principal
  • South Toms River Elementary School[19] (375)
    • Dennis Holzapfel, principal
  • Walnut Street Elementary School[20] (841)
    • Richard Fastnacht, principal
  • Washington Street Elementary School[21] (385)
    • Jill McIntosh, principal
  • West Dover Elementary School[22] (407)
    • Michael Pallen, principal
Intermediate schools (grades 6-8)
  • Toms River Intermediate East[23] (1,468)
    • Bryan Madigan, principal
  • Toms River Intermediate North[24] (1,423)
    • Lynn Fronzak, principal
  • Toms River Intermediate South[25] (1,052)
    • Paul Gluck, principal
High schools (grades 9-12)

Administration[edit]

Frank J. Roselli assumed the role of interim superintendent of schools on October 21, 2010,[29] following the sudden retirement of longtime superintendent Michael J. Ritacco, who earlier that day surrendered to the FBI and was charged in an 18-count fraud indictment. Ritacco was accused and ultimately convicted of accepting between one and two million dollars in bribes from the school district's insurance broker. Roselli was appointed superintendent on January 18, 2011.

In the spring of 2013, after suffering a heart attack, Roselli announced his retirement.[30] Thomas Gialanella was appointed interim superintendent, effective July 1, 2013, and Dr. Marianne Gaffney was appointed interim assistant superintendent, replacing Joseph Pizza as of August 1, 2013.[31] Subsequently, due to Gialanella's inability to start on July 1, James Hauenstein was named Interim Superintendent for the month of July 2013.

David Healy took over as permanent superintendent on July 1, 2014, after being named by the board on March 11, 2014. Healy had been superintendent in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District.[32]

Core members of the district's administration are:[33][34]

  • David M. Healy, Superintendent
  • William J. Doering, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex[edit]

The Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex is an air-supported structure that provides an indoor venue for athletics to the Toms River Regional Schools. It is part of the Bennett Complex, which also features outdoor facilities. The Bennett Complex is located between Hooper Elementary and Toms River Intermediate East at 1519 Hooper Avenue in Toms River. It is named after long time Superintendent John Bennett, who served the district from 1960-1977. Amongst other events, the Bennett Complex has hosted the track meet component of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (for indoor athletics only), 2013, and 2014. The Indoor Athletic Complex is also known as The Bubble, and is home to many New Jersey State indoor athletic meets (including state championships). The Indoor Complex features a 200-meter six-lane track with and eight-lane straightaway, a Finish Lynx electronic timing system, and accommodates field events such as shot put, high jump, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. The Indoor Complex was first installed for the 2006-2007 school year. The Indoor Complex was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but was repaired and reopened in January 2013.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Toms River Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Toms River Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 11, 2016. "Toms River Regional is the largest suburban school district in the state, with a population of approximately 16,000 students learning in a pre-kindergarten early learning center, twelve elementary schools, three intermediate schools and three high schools. Despite its size, the district takes enormous pride in providing a neighborhood school concept with high-quality educational programs, facilities, and services for students from our four sending towns of Beachwood, Pine Beach, South Toms River, and Toms River."
  4. ^ Ocean County Economic Development Fast Facts, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed July 12, 2012. "Toms River Regional School District in the largest suburban district in New Jersey, fourth largest overall with 18,000 students."
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  6. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Best Practices Award recipient for 2005-06, accessed October 23, 2006
  7. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2009.
  8. ^ School Data for the Toms River Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Schools, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Toms River Regional Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Beachwood Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Cedar Grove Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Joseph A. Citta School Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  14. ^ East Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  15. ^ Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  16. ^ North Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  17. ^ Pine Beach Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  18. ^ Silver Bay Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  19. ^ South Toms River Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  20. ^ Walnut Street Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  21. ^ Washington Street Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  22. ^ West Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  23. ^ Toms River Intermediate East, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  24. ^ Toms River Intermediate North, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  25. ^ Toms River Intermediate South, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  26. ^ Toms River Intermediate East, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  27. ^ Toms River Intermediate North, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  28. ^ Toms River Intermediate South, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  29. ^ Mikle, Jean; Sahn, Michele; and McGrath, Matthew. "Michael J. Ritacco, Toms River, NJ school chief, took $1 million in bribes, feds sayThe superintendent faces up to 20 years in prison", Asbury Park Press, October 21, 2010. Accessed August 10, 2014. "Toms River Regional Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco was at the center of one of the costliest public corruption schemes in recent New Jersey history, taking between $1 million and $2 million in bribes from the school district's insurance broker, federal authorities said Thursday."
  30. ^ Larsen, Erik. "Toms River schools super to retire before contract endsSuffered heart attack this month; district seeks successor", Asbury Park Press, March 27, 2013. Accessed August 10, 2014. "Superintendent of Schools Frank J. Roselli has informed the township Board of Education that he will retire at the end of the school year after he suffered a heart attack earlier this month."
  31. ^ Toms River Regional Appoints Thomas Gialanella Interim Superintendent of Schools, Toms River Regional Schools, June 12, 2013. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  32. ^ Nee, Daniel. "Toms River BOE Appoints David Healy As New Superintendent; Terms of superintendent contract not released to public or media, however", Toms River Patch, March 11, 2014. Accessed August 10, 2014. "David M. Healy will become the next superintendent of New Jersey's largest suburban school district."
  33. ^ Administration, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed July 7, 2015.
  34. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  35. ^ Van Embden, Edward. "A Sign of Recovery, Bennett Bubble ReopensThe school district's inflated athletic bubble, critical to state high school sports and local businesses, reopened recently.", Toms River Patch, January 7, 2013. Accessed August 10, 2014.

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